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Customer stories are the lifelines of Deep Web Technologies. We revel in hearing how an unassuming
researcher shortened their workday and redirected their energy toward other tasks. Or how a Nursing Instructor had allotted an hour for an article search and his task was complete in sixty seconds! The story below comes from our friend Anita Wilcox at the University College Cork Library.
I met a friend of mine in the library last week who I haven’t seen for ages! In the course of catching up on gossip she told me that she was studying for a Health & Safety course in UCC and had been looking for a case report relevant to her group project. She had gone through all the printed law reports and had searched all the major law databases individually, but couldn’t find the case! So I gave her a one minute quick tour of Explorit Everywhere! (we call it Searcher here). She didn’t know the name of the case or when it was heard/reported. I showed her how to do an Advanced Search limiting only to law specific databases and using keywords, and then limiting to topics on the results screen. I was in a hurry, so I left. Within a minute I got a text from her saying she found the case! Now, that’s what I call a miracle! A whole day’s search was resolved within minutes by searching through Explorit Everywhere!.
Read more from Anita in her blog post on Why a Federated Search.
Our customers are often surprised that they can limit to specific sources or categories of sources to know exactly what they are searching. Researchers have control over their searches, rather than searching “everything” and wading through ambiguously ranked results, weighted to a publisher’s content. Explorit Everywhere!, through a transparent interface and search of information puts our researchers into the driver’s seat. It’s a powerful tool, for power-researchers.
At Deep Web Technologies we think that Explorit Everywhere! is the simplest way for researchers to perform a single search for results across their various information sources, find relevant results and seamlessly process those results. But it’s that final part – processing results – that DWT just made simpler for our researchers through our new MyLibrary feature. MyLibrary has evolved over the years from Citations Manager, to My Selections, and now to the more full-featured MyLibrary.
A better way to think of MyLibrary, however, is as your library – A place to store your digital results, reference and organize your data, or share information with others. It’s a place to build your research world.
Whether collaborative or solitary, your research can consume big chunks of time out of a day. If you’re moving fast, you may browse dozens of results rapidly and set some aside to explore further. Those results might hold some interest for you on a topic separate from what you are currently researching and you want explore them at a later date. They might be relevant, but need additional follow up. Or maybe your workday has ended, and you’ll resume researching again tomorrow. Whatever the reason, MyLibrary allows you to put your research on hold without missing a beat.
Your results can be filed away similar to organizing folders in a filing cabinet. Once you’ve selected your results, MyLibrary lets you tag and categorize those results in a system that makes sense to you. Reference those saved results whenever you want – they are there until you delete them. Just log in to your Explorit Everywhere! application and click MyLibrary. When you are ready, you can print, email or export any or all of those results from any folder, at any time.
Oh, and don’t think our ambitious engineers could resist tweaking a few other things while they were fiddling with MyLibrary in Explorit Everywhere!. Now, once you log in, you can save results preferences and language preferences in localized applications. Have an idea to make MyLibrary even better? Let us know!
In the United States, most of our public websites are in English. We’re used to searching, clicking to our result and reading the web page instructions, navigation and results in English. And, if we happen to run across a page that is in a different language, most browsers will translate the page to English so we can continue our research.
This on-demand approach works for random, public websites researchers encounter, but not for steadfast Explorit Everywhere! users who regularly use Explorit Everywhere! as their main search application to retrieve information from diverse sources. Researchers starting from Explorit Everywhere! should begin from a personalized application that notches up their level of comfort so that the tools and the sources are exactly what they need to find results quickly and efficiently.
For organizations with speakers of multiple languages, Deep Web Technologies offers both a localized user interface as well as multilingual translation capabilities. While they often go hand in hand, they are not always packaged together.
- A Localized User Interface displays text in a user’s native language, including navigational text, help text, menus and application tool and tooltips. Localization does not translate results. The localized language or languages are determined when an application is created. If there are multiple languages to choose from, a user can determine what they want to be their default localized interface language after they have logged in to an application.
- A Multilingual Application performs on-the-fly translations of results from the source language to a user’s preferred language. For example, English language sources of information will return English to the Explorit Everywhere! application, regardless of a user’s localized interface language. The multilingual feature will translate results from other languages into a selected language.
You can see why these two features may accompany each other in many applications; together, they provide a seamless search experience. However, user interface localization provides a level of user comfort to multilingual researchers regardless of what language the results return in. Navigating the search application, entering queries and browsing text is much easier and faster when performed in native languages.
Explorit Everywhere! supports seven major languages at this point: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. 2016 will expand localization options for Explorit Everywhere! applications by introducing support of Arabic right to left text.
A localized user interface creates a fluid research path, bypassing language barriers that may obstruct an intuitive search. To see an example of localization and multilingual translation, please visit WorldWideScience.org.